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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 22, 2006 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: OOPS, Re-Posted 11/24/79 review

OK, I thought I'd start throwing in a quick word on some of my favorite Post 77 shows every now and then. After all, I think that Wilfred Brimley and Stephen King did such a fine job taking over for the Ararat-ed Jerry and Phil.
Today I'm checking out 11/24/79 Golden Hall (http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-11-24.sbd.clugston.10022.sbeok.shnf) First off, the China/Rider opener ranks up there for many folks as one of the best Brent-era versions and I am not one to argue. The outstanding quality of this SBD brings out Phil (I mean Stephen)in all his glory, and he seems to know it and just destroys Rider, dropping bombs throughout. Jerry (I mean Wilfred) keeps pace and lets out a series of stacatto bursts that drives the music from the transition all the way through to the end into places rarely visited by sane men. The rest of the first set is a work of art, with the mix keeping Phil up front and center. If you're a Phil fan, this show is a must-listen. Now, while many songs are not that long, they more than make up for it with the quality of each.
Oh, back to the music. The Passenger that closes out the first set really highlights Brent finding his niche in the band, stepping up both vocally and on the Hammond, and for me it is one of the best Brent-era versions. Jerry feeds off this and puts out an incredible solo that shows just how fast he could move when he wanted to.
The Alabama Getaway>Greatest Story opens the second set and is just blistering from start to finish. Now, I'm not the biggest GSET fan, but this version is one that I immediately fell in love with and never get tired of listening to. If Jerry put this much effort into all the GSET, I'd have CD's with nothing else on them. Jerry and Brent get into a lick-trading session that really shows just how much Jerry had come to love playing with the man. After hearing this, how can you say that there was ANY drop off after 77? With Brent in the mix, Jerry just went to a different (not necessarily better OR worse, just different - less emphasis on the long spacey jams and more on the tight powerful jams) place that only Brent's playing made possible. Ship of Fools and Terrapin are both more than solid, and showcase some fine work by the whole band, maybe not any explosive moments, but as a whole just beautiful stuff with Jerry weaving an ethereal tapestry throughout. A 15 minute Playin' follows and again, features some outstanding interplay between Jerry and Brent in the final jam. Good lord, if this doesn't show you (and you know who you are) that there is some exceptional Post 77 music worth listening to, nothing will. Sailor/Saint out of Space, which might appear as somewhat of a letdown of a choice, holds its own and really carries a punch, with Jerry again playing some exceptional bursts and Phil carrying the load effortlessly. Now, if you're a Wharf Rat fan like I am, the version here, despite some vocal issues Jerry has here and there, is more than above average, with Brent showing how his Hammond could make the song seem new and different when compared with Keith's piano. Jerry's final solos carry the song into the heavens, driving home the feel of the story and its promise of redemption. The Sugar Mag is a fantastic closer, with Jerry and Phil again combining for some sonic assaults that threatent to seriously injure the casual listeners. The Saturday Night encore puts a very nice cap on an overall fantasic show.
As a Post 77 show, I think it really showcases the band finding its new groove and Brent becoming truly integrated into the bands sound, effortlessy meshing with the whole band, particularly Jerry, providing a solid frame for Jerry's artwork. Please, all you Pre-77's, try this one out. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

NOTE: During the Second Set, Jerrys voice definitely has some issues, but his playing more than makes up for it.


This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2006-12-22 16:58:33

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Dec 21, 2006 7:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Giving Post 77 it's Due, Installment #1: 11/24/79

Thanks for another '79 show suggestion. Some great stuff in thay year and I've already said too much about Cape Cod.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 22, 2006 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Giving Post 77 it's Due, Installment #1: 11/24/79

Don't forget the Spectrum shows too. Really phenomenal!

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